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The Early Word on DGS Delicatessen in Dupont

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DGS Delicatessen opened about three weeks ago in Dupont Circle. Barry Koslow's cooking is attempting to marry traditional Jewish recipes and modern technique. Have eaters responded to his concept? Here's the early word on DGS from Yelpers, bloggers and the occasional paid critic.

The Big Critic Endorsement News: Todd Kliman moves DGS into his weekly list of places he's eating right now, and he's clearly a fan of everything from the matzoh ball soup to the chopped liver. "My very early -- and very brief -- word on this artisanal Jewish deli: Go." [Washingtonian]

The Killer Drunk Food News: Jessica Sidman highlights the restaurant's schmultzy fries on the Young & Hungry blog as "apparently the answer to 'What should I gorge on after one too many Mazel Tov cocktails?'" [WCP]

The Save Room For Dessert News: Eat More Drink More says the babka bread pudding is not to be missed. "It was one of the best desserts I have had in a long time and I will not let anyone eat at DGS without ordering this dish to top off their meal." [EMDM]

The Grandma Would Approve News: Been There Eaten That likes the balance Koslow has struck between old and new. "DGS Delicatessen not only has food that conjures up childhood memories, they serve it up with a modern take on a Jewish mother." [BTET]

The Passionate Pickle-Connoisseur News: A Borderstan writer who makes homemade pickles approves of the ones at DGS. "The pickle plate appetizer did not disappoint; I was pleased to find a large arrangement of pickled vegetables, including cucumbers, carrots, potatoes and even leeks, made in both vinegar and fermented styles." [Borderstan]

The Fluffy Matzoh Ball News: Tasting Table singles out the classic dish in its brief writeup. "The fluffy grapefruit-size ball at this new sit-down deli arrives properly coated in dill and expertly seasoned by chef Barry Koslow." [TT]

The Overpriced News: There's a debate going on in the Prince of Petworth comments section over whether the place is too expensive. As Stacylg19 says, " Just had lunch there and it was super delicious, however, it was $17 for a cornbeef ruben (no sides) and a can of Dr. Brown's soda, so probs not a viable lunch option for most." [PoP]

The Inevitable Katz Comparison News: DGS is tracking 3 Stars on Yelp with 20 reviews. Here's one from Cameron B: "DGS takes the Katz deli model and modernizes it for the suite-and-tie crowd. With the right real-estate location, a sleek but snug interior, and a paired down menu, this place has a recipe for success." [Yelp]

The 1 Star Without Ordering Food News: From Sarah R. on Yelp: "Plus, it looks, from the other reviews, like I would have been very disappointed had I gotten as far as ordering food because the the prices are high and the portions are small. I mean, one matzah ball in matzah ball soup? Your bubbie would be ashamed." [Yelp]

The Price Defender News: James F. calls the place the city's "newest elite deli" and says, "For those complaining about the don't know what you are talking about. Go to any old school deli in NYC and you will be paying twice as much for sandwiches that are bigger, but are nowhere near the quality that is served at DGS." [Yelp]

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DGS Delicatessen

1317 Connecticut Avenue Northwest, , DC 20036 (202) 293-4400 Visit Website

DGS Delicatessen

1317 Connecticut Ave NW Washington, DC